April 13, 1934 ~ August 28, 2021

Born in: Burns City, IN
Resided in: Washington, IN

Vaughn Eldon Garrett, 87, of Washington, Indiana passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 28th, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving wife and family. He was born on April 13, 1934 in Burns City, Indiana to Rolla V. and Hildred (Waggoner) Garrett.

Vaughn was a 1952 graduate of Loogootee High School where he played basketball for the Loogootee Lions and fell in love with the love of his life, Sue (McGovren) Garrett. Vaughn and Sue were married for sixty-six beautiful years. Vaughn was owner of General Bottle Gas Corporation, Washington-Loogootee. He was an active member of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, Washington Moose Club, the Eagles, American Legion, and Knights of Columbus Council 630, Washington, Indiana where he was a Fourth Degree Knight. He was a lover of the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, music and guitar, epic story & joke telling, being with his close friends and never leaving the side of his sweet wife.

Vaughn was a dedicated father of seven children. He was preceded in death by his son VJ Garrett (Jerri), daughter Melinda Rodimel (Shane), his parents Rolla and Hildred Garrett, brothers Larry and Kenny Garrett and sisters Marilyn Rollins and Evelyn Jo Holmes. He is survived by sister Norma Crane and sister-in-law Sharon Garrett of Loogootee, brother-in-law Patrick McGovren (Cel) of Sarasota, FL, children Dan (Gail) Garrett and Diane (Kyle) Hartman of Evansville, Julie (Murray) Lendy of Newburgh, Jim (Amy) Garrett of Kuttawa, Kentucky, Amy (Greg) Nichols of Carmel, daughter-in-law Jerri Garrett of Bentonville, Arkansas and son-in-law, Shane Rodimel of Carmel, twenty five grandchildren and fourteen great- grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, 315 NE 3rd St., Washington, IN 47501 on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 11am. Friends may visit with Vaughn’s family Tuesday, August 31st, from 5pm -8pm at Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home, 2020 State Street, Washington, IN. The Knights of Columbus will pray the rosary at 5:30pm during the visitation period.

Vaughn will be laid to rest in St. John Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to Washington Catholic Endowment Fund, Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, or Heart to Heart Hospice Care. Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the care of Vaughn.


Family Visitation: August 31, 2021 5:00 pm - August 31, 2021 8:00 pm

Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home Washington
2020 State St.
Washington, IN 47501

Rosary: August 31, 2021 5:30 pm

Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home Washington
2020 State St.
Washington, IN 47501

Funeral Mass: September 1, 2021 11:00 am

Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church
315 NE 3rd Street
Washington, IN

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  1. Amy,

    Jerry & Carol here, Sharon’s folks.
    Only met your dad once or twice but from his beautifully written obit, he and I could have been soul brothers. So many similarities. He lived a wonderfully full life and left a wonderful legacy of children, grand and great. So rather than grieve, rejoice in that resume.
    May he rest in peace and may light perpetual shine upon him. Our prayers are with you.
    Love, Jerry

  2. Sue and family, so many memories of the house at the end of Buzzard road(before it even had a name) Babysitting for most of the little Garretts. I thought you were the perfect couple and who I wanted to be when I grew up. Your example of a good marriage must have stuck with me since we will celebrate our 50th anniversary in 19 days. May your strong faith bring you peace in the coming days.

  3. My sympathies to the family. I used to kid Coach about his huge influence in my athletic life. He coached us in sixth grade. What he didn’t know was just how much it was true. I will never forget after we won the championship he took the team to William’s for milk shakes. Prior to that at my age with all my siblings the most I could get was a small ice cream cone. It was right then and there I decided this whole basketball thing may show some promise. What a great example Sue and Vaughn has been to the community. Love you both. I will miss you Coach.

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